Neighborhood Narratives London

Becky’s Mood Map
April 21, 2007, 11:22 am
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My final wrapup is posted there.

Can’t wait to see the video! I had an incredible time this semester, and had a blast exploring our final projects. Best wishes to all!


Becky’s reflection
January 29, 2007, 2:23 am
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One of the interesting things I took away from our last class is that there is no ONE right way to map; there are MANY different ways to map.  As we made our way to Soho, we used the map provided on the GPS system to navigate along the roads. Along the way, we referred to our handheld maps to find names  of landmarks.  The video we made for the other NN students, though it didn’t tell them how to get from point A to point B, was still a map of our journey, personalized through the introductions and commentary. John Snow used yet another method of mapping to research the trend in cholera outbreaks.  Even during our lunch break, we used a form of “mental mapping” (getting and following directions) to find our way to the museum, where the exhibit we saw displayed a map of the journey through life using photos and narratives of many different people. It had not occurred to me until the end of our class that we are constantly surrounded by maps in various forms and that virtually anything can be mapped.  Kinda neat!

My bag
January 15, 2007, 6:36 pm
Filed under: carrying, identity, in class exercise, layers, narrative, rubbish, storage

The contents of my bag included:
-one notebook for class notes
-one click pen from Texaco Express Lube
-my digital camera, which I have used extensively throughout the trip thus far
-a notebook with humorous quotes said by fellow Temple University study-abroaders
-a receipt for the duty-free liquor Becky Bordo and I bought at the JFK airport
-a neon pink bandana, for keeping my bangs in place on bad hair days
-a thin black Sharpie pen
-the wrapper of a tropical flavored piece of Trident gum
-three used batteries
-one long black nail filer
-a guide to day-excursions in London
-the tourist guide to the V&A museum
-feminine products<br>-$4
-mint waxed floss
-an 1/8″ to 1/4″ adapter for my headphones
-one starburst candy wrapper, which I ate on the airplane

Becky's Bag

As we discussed, it seems a few people felt these items projected an image of someone who is prepared. Floss, the guide-book, batteries, the adapter (with nothing to adapt), and nail filer contribute to this image, I imagine. Brian even went so far as to say I’m probably very “logical”, which I feel is quite accurate. In addition, a few classmates pointed out that I’m probably sentimental and that memories seem important to me, as hinted at by my “quote book” and camera. These were all great observations.